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Zambian growers felt betrayed by prices

| September 10, 2014

Two thousand Zambian tobacco growers have become members of the Western Tobacco Growers’ Union (WTGU), which was officially registered as a society on August 15, according to a story by Gift Chanda and Stuart Lisulo for the Zambia Post.

The farmers’ union was formed after a season in which growers were paid poor prices on the back of low demand.

The tobacco producers were said to have felt betrayed when the country’s auction floors opened with very few offers and some of those as low as 30 cents per kg for the lowest grades.

Farmers said the lowest grades of tobacco should have fetched 90 cents per kg.

The WTGU, which is in the process of affiliating to the Zambia National Farmers’ Union, has been set up to protect the interests of tobacco farmers.

Dutch antis suing government

| September 10, 2014

The Rookpreventie Jeugd (youth smoking prevention foundation) is suing the Dutch government over its relationship with the tobacco industry, according to a story by Janene Van Jaarsveldt for the NL Times

The government is accused of not complying with the World Health Organization’s international anti-tobacco treaty, the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, because it is allowing the tobacco industry to influence anti-tobacco policies.

The foundation’s website, Tabaknee.nl, claims that the government invites the tobacco industry to present its positions during policy development.

Queensland to ban public vaping

| September 10, 2014

The Australian state of Queensland is set to outlaw the use of electronic cigarettes in those public places where tobacco smoking is already banned, according to story by Jonathan Pearlman for The Telegraph.

And it is set to further equate electronic and tobacco cigarettes by banning advertising of the former and banning their sales to young people.

The new regulations are due to come into force from the start of next year.

Australia bans the sale of electronic cigarettes that deliver nicotine.

Qatar prepares for shisha smoking study

| September 10, 2014

Smokers make up about 37 percent of Qatar’s residents over the age of 15, according to a Gulf Times story quoting statistics published by the Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC).

About 95 per cent of the country’s adult smokers are men.

“In addition, around 15 percent of school children from grade seven, both male and female, aged 12 years and above, also smoke,” said Dr Ahmed al-Mulla, head of the HMC’s Smoking Cessation Clinic.

These figures were issued as the Clinic invited the public to take part in a clinical study on the effects of shisha use among smokers and non-smokers.

The three-year study, which began in April 2013, is a collaboration between HMC and the American University in Beirut, supported and funded by the Qatar National Research Fund.

Godfrey Phillips expanding, consolidating

| September 10, 2014

Godfrey Phillips India (GPI) is expanding its business by venturing into non-tobacco products, according to a Press Trust of India story.

“As part of our expansion plans, we are looking into food and beverages, contemporary tea formats, confectionery products as well as new tobacco products,” said Harmanjit Singh, vice president, corporate affairs, at the launch yesterday of the company’s cardamom-based mouth freshener ‘Pan Vilas Silver Dewz’.

Also during the launch, GPI’s COO, Nita Kapoor, said the K K Modi Group, of which GPI was a part, was planning to consolidate all of its businesses into one.

“K K Modi Group has nine to 10 different businesses at present,” said Kapoor.

“Just like ITC, we are planning to consolidate all our businesses into one entity after Diwali.”

PMI dividend increased

| September 10, 2014

The board of directors of Philip Morris International today increased the company’s regular quarterly dividend by 6.4 percent to an annualized rate of $4.00 per share.

The new quarterly dividend of $1.00 per share, up from $0.94 per share, is payable on October 10 to stockholders of record as of September 25.

The ex-dividend date is September 23.

The company announced also the election of Jun Makihara, Frederik Paulsen and, effective January 1, Werner Geissler to its board.

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